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Poking sly, understated fun at the overemphasis of sex in society, it is neither for the prudish nor for those who need slapstick to find humor. Sex may be the centrifugal force of the film, but this is no "40-Year Old Virgin," even though Paul Rudd plays similarly sympathetic characters in each.
Priscilla Chase, played by Parker Posey, is an ambitious, ditzy woman on the fast track to large-scale corporate success. However, to the dismay of her schoolteacher husband Jack, played by Rudd, she is the consummate cold fish. She may know the exact number of times they've had sex, but she has never had a single orgasm - ever - due to a "sexual dysfunction." Nor does she seem interested in doing so soon.
Things go up in smoke. She may have caused the problem, but Jack cannot get past the fact that the one woman he has not satisfied in bed is his wife of ten years. After moving to the garage and confiding in his friend and colleague Popovitch, played with cheeky delight by Keith David, he finally begins a full-fledged separation from Priscilla when she becomes overly addicted to a vaginal vibrator. He moves to the Manly Arms apartment complex - "Why settle for the mundane when you can be the king of your domain?" - and gives in to the advances of sophisticated 18-year old student Kristen, played perfectly by Mischa Barton, who lost her innocence long before he came along.
Priscilla is thus left to find her sexual identity. She pursues sex with random men, but she finds it unsatisfying.Read more ›
For what appears to be director Billy Kent's first movie, this flick is not bad. However, it just doesn't feel whole. Keith David, for instance plays Paul Rudd's friend/coworker at school. I felt his character just didn't have the impact the filmmaker was going for. To put it simply, his character just seemed underdeveloped. In fact that's a good way to describe the feel of the whole movie: underdeveloped or premature. Economically speaking, the movie is not worth the $19.99. I picked it up for 5 bucks as a pre-viewed Blockbuster movie. I am not unhappy with that choice, perhaps a used purchase may be the better choice for anyone interested.
Aside from this, the movie does have some nice insightful discussions on the nature of a sexual relations (particularly when Rudd and Posey are at the Psychaiatrist/Relationship Helper Man). There is a genuinely airy feel to the movie which is good to know for people who need a pick-me-up from a gloomy week. For geography lover's, it was also nice to see a different city in the background. Lastly DeVito's "Ok" at the end of the movie is priceless.
So now you might be wondering about those redeeming qualities I mentioned earlier. Paul Rudd is an excellent actor, which somehow manages to show through in this film. However, his skill is weighed down, limited, and ultimately trapped and killed by the poor writing, directing, and overall execution of this story. Danny DeVito is the only thing that manages to rise above this snooze-fest to make it somewhat enjoyable. His character is developed, complex, motivated and real in a world of fake, tired, hollow shells of people. Overall though, this film is slow, barely able to capture and hold attention, and left no impact on my view of the world. I believe that each film is worth watching once - to watch this film again would be a waste of time.
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A little lacking in character development and resolution, but otherwise a very cute, enjoyable movie. Definitely worth giving a shot.Published on March 8, 2013 by Mike Griffis
The Oh in Ohio is hilarious and heartfelt. Parker Posey nails it as Pricilla Chase, the "frigid" housewife who is sexually awakened by her revelation that she has a sexual... Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by anpreston
great actor and she does a good job at what she does keep up the good work great actor love watching her when he was younger to which she had more of the movies when she was... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by babycakes
"The Oh in Ohio" had a lot of the ingredients to make it a successful film but it didn't quite do it for me. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Kelvin Ho
The Oh in Ohio is a witty comedy about the complexities of an orgasm.
Paul Rudd plays the quick wit slacker character that we've grown
accustomed to seeing and Parker is... Read more
This movie gives us the profound absurdity of knockout Parker Posey falling for short, round and old Danny Devito. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Chance
The problem with the "Oh in Ohio" is that it was `produced' and `marketed' as a comedy. At its core, it is not. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Mark Lynch
I first saw this movie on tv, and decided I liked it so much that I bought it. The movie is comical and full of relatable and exagerated situations that you just can't help... Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by J. Amaya